I’ve told you before that my mind is busy.
Like, so busy.
And earlier this week I got going on a topic (all in my head, mind you) that I feel strongly about. I literally spent an entire morning getting myself worked up over all of the fitness lies and myths we’re subjected to every day here on the internet. I went to town, pinning a bunch of stuff on pinterest with false fitness claims that are basically strictly meant to be sensational enough to get you to pin them and eventually visit the website, so then you can subsequently click on their ads and make them money. Most of them, not caring in the least whether they actually help you get fit or not. It’s just business. If I sound a little bitter, I may just be.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted this rare gym selfie on instagram
and wrote this to go with it:
Posting a rare gym selfie, as awkward as it feels for me, because…….because I’ve been thinking about how 14 years ago I weighed almost 300 pounds. And I’ve been thinking how it was a long and slow process for me to get to where I am today. I’ve sort of stopped talking about my weight loss, because in this day and age, it’s so easy to find people all over the Net with stories that are way more …inspiring. You know the ones, the people who have completely transformed themselves in less than a year’s time…….amazing ‘before and afters’ that make us want to see those kind of results. I want to take nothing away from those stories as those are journeys unique to those people. Here’s what I do want to say: I really wouldn’t trade their stories for mine in a million years because while the changes on the outside came so slowly for the most part, there were changes going on inside me. There was character being built. There were wounds being healed. Changes were happening. And all in timing that I now realize was perfect. I’m posting all of this to encourage you in 2 things: First, if you’d like to get healthier, you could start today in small ways, with small changes. And maybe at the end of the year you’ll be only 10 pounds lighter, but you’ll be healthier & fitter & know you spent the year heading down a path that will eventually arrive at the destination you someday hope for. Second, I know firsthand that people can and will be very judgmental at times. If they see your progress is slow, they will delight in picking apart what you’re doing. I speak from experience. Never mind them. You know where you’ve come from and you know where you’re headed. Look them dead in the eye, nod at whatever unsolicited advice they’re giving, or disguised insult they’re throwing at you, and mentally tell them you’ll talk to them in a few years and see where you both are. If you stay the course, you’ll be better, but will they? Time is going to pass one way or the other, so why not decide to start now, however long it may take……XO